The NMI Democratic Party will host its 2nd Presidential Caucus on the islands Saipan, Tinian, and Rota on March 14, 2020, with the designated times and venues to be announced later. However, all NMI registered voters who want to register as members of the party are welcome and encouraged to participate.
Registered voters and persons who will be eligible to vote on or before Nov 3, 2020 on Saipan, Tinian, and Rota will be able to visit the designated voting sites and cast votes for their Democratic presidential candidate of choice.
“We are excited to host this historic event with the people of the CNMI and although we cannot vote for President, we do have a vote on the presidential nominee and it is important that we participate in the process,” said NMI Democratic Party chair Nola Kileleman Hix.
“We need to show up, and make our votes count as I am confident that the next Democratic President of the United States will bring our divided country together while working to restore integrity to all branches of the oval office,” added Hix.
As of Feb. 28, the five Democratic presidential candidates who qualify for the NMI presidential caucus ballot are: former vice president Joe Biden, former New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg; Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota; Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont; and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.
Candidates Deval Patrick, Andrew Yang, Tom Steyer, and Pete Buttigieg qualified for the ballot by petition, but each have since suspended their campaign and will no longer be on the ballot.
Super Tuesday is tomorrow in the United States and it accounts for the largest percentage of delegate votes needed to secure the presidential nomination. For the five territories and non-states, American Samoa and Democrats Abroad are part of Super Tuesday, followed by the CNMI on March 14, Puerto Rico on March 29, Guam on May 2, and the Virgin Islands on June 6.
“We went from 20-plus Democratic presidential candidates and now to five. Although it’s nice to have options it will be interesting to see how this plays out, who will be next to drop-out of the race, and if and when former candidates will endorse a current candidate,” said NMI Democratic Party member Edith Deleon Guerrero. “We can’t afford to get this wrong and we look forward to seeing a ‘blue wave’ nationally and locally here in the Marianas.”
This week the NMI Democratic Party will be announcing the designated times, and locations for the March 14 Democratic presidential caucuses to be held on Saipan, Tinian, and Rota. All persons interested to become delegates to the 2020 Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee Wisconsin, pledged to any of the presidential candidates should visit www.nmidems.org to receive a delegate candidacy form and submit their candidacy on or before March 8, 2020. (PR)